Easy to get to as a free shuttle bus runs from town to the Lake. Can easily walk around the lake or for those who are able walk further to Dream Lake or Emerald Lake
Bear LAke is the central hub for most hikes and climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. As there are trails for beginners as well as intermediate Level 3 climbs, Longs Peak North is catchable from here, there are many tourists. Be sure to arrive before 9am or plan to catch one of the free shuttles from Estes Park or From... More
It's a very short walk from the car to the scenery - and the scenery is awesome. Great jumping off point for several amazing hikes in Rocky. Very crowded - go early.
This place is great! You park about 200 yards from the lake itself. There's about a mile long trail that runs along the perimeter of the lake if you wish to walk that. Otherwise, the scenery is magnificent.
The main road is closed except for shuttles between 9-4, so we entered just after 4:00 on 2 different days and had no problems getting back to the Bear Lake parking area and were able to hike to the Lakes. You just need to be careful to allow enough time to get back before dark!
Go early to beat the crowds and begin at Bear Lake. Then continue your hike to Nymph, Dream and Emerald Lakes. This is a fairly easy hike, not very long, with beautiful mountain scenery. Highly recommended.
The bear lake roads are under construction, so if you take a car, you have to get in before 9AM or after 4PM. But in reality,you really have to be in before 7:30 or 8 to find a parking space. There are beautiful lakes to see and explore , trails from simple to tough,and you can spend a whole day... More
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